Russian Brokered Ceasefire in Syria Must Succeed - Lebanese PM

Saad al Hariri arrives with Army Commander General Joseph Aoun at the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon headquarters in Naqoura near the Lebanese Israeli border southern Leban
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28 July, 2017

In Lebanon, the cabinet is the country's executive authority, with more power than the president, prime minister and parliament.

On Friday, Hezbollah worked with Syrian forces to push Islamist radicals off the Lebanese border.

"I thanked President Trump for his support to our army and security agencies as well as his support to UNIFIL", Hariri said at the press conference.

Hariri noted that previous ceasefires have not resolved the Syrian war and a solution for the conflict will ultimately only come through a political process. And also, we're happy to make sure that this partnership that you have with fighting ISIS and all terrorism is ongoing.

President Trump himself praised the LAF's role in counterterrorism operations during a press conference with Hariri on Tuesday, indicating that the United States will continue to provide Lebanon with military assistance.

The Lebanese prime minister also touched on the issue of Syrian refugees, noting that the number of Syrians, who had been displaced due to the presence of Daesh and other militant groups in their homeland, stood at around 1.5 million, accounting for one quarter of Lebanon's population of about 6 million people.

"(T) he Lebanese Army has been fighting continually to guard Lebanon's border and prevent ISIS and other terrorists - of which there are many - from gaining a foothold inside their country", Trump said. What is your position towards these sanctions and on the role of Hezbollah is playing in the region and Syria?

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He also expressed optimism about security cooperation with Lebanon but did not specify what level of support the United States would be providing.

"I will be going to the Congress tomorrow and talking to both parties and I believe that there are already enough sanctions on Lebanon and in the banking sector", Hariri told Al-Monitor today following his remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Despite his stated willingness to preserve military funding for Lebanon, Trump went out of his way to criticize Hezbollah and its chief backer, Iran.

The US president, for his part, said supporting the humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees as close to their home country as possible was the best way to help them. "With the support of Iran, the organisation is also fueling humanitarian catastrophe in Syria".

Trump responded, "We will do that".

It remains unclear what the final legislation would look like or whether Republican leadership will be able to muster enough votes to get it to Trump's desk.

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